Tuesday, December 04, 2012

What gives? 10 days before deadline on EPA particle soot standard... and still nothing to OMB??

Health and environmental advocates might have some reason to be anxious. 

It is literally only 10 days before the US EPA, under a court agreement, has pledged to “issue” new national air quality standards for fine particle soot.  http://www.epa.gov/pm/pdfs/PMNAAQSProposalOVERVIEW61512UPDATED.pdf

But as of this moment, the plan has not gone yet to the White House Office of Management and Budget.  By an Executive Order, OMB can take up to 90 days to review an agency rule.  As we know from the real world (eg, EPA’s final toxic pollution standards for industrial boilers), the review process can take even longer.  [UPDATE at 1:30 Eastern time: sources now say the EPA proposal has, in fact, been transmitted to OMB.  It may have been done after this initial post.  Even so, OMB has not publicly acknowledged that on its web site.]

What gives?  Are EPA and the White House secretly meeting about this– despite the administration’s vows of “transparency?” 

You will recall that before EPA issued its proposal last June, OMB weakened the plan behind closed doors.  http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/white-house-weakened-epa-soot-proposal-documents-show/2012/07/17/gJQANH3yrW_story.html

Could it be happening again?

Or is EPA planning to go to court and ask for a delay?

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